Navajo Vice President Statement on Secretary Sebelius Resignation

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Contact: Jared King
Communications Director
Navajo Nation Washington Office

For Immediate Release

Navajo Vice President Statement on Secretary Sebelius Resignation

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.—Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim issued the following statement regarding U.S. Department of Human and Health Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resignation announcement last week from the White House

“We appreciate Secretary Sebelius’ service and commitment to create a tribal advisory committee and to help implement a meaningful consultation policy. The secretary took consultation to heart in developing consultation policies,” said Vice President Jim.

The Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC) is comprised of one primary representative from each of the 12 areas of the Indian Health Service.

President Obama announced last Friday his nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, Burwell serves as the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Previously she served as president of the Walmart Foundation and president of the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

[Photo caption: Secretary Sebelius with Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and Vice President Rex Lee Jim. Window Rock, Ariz. July 11, 2013. Photo courtesy of the Indian Health Service.]